Democracy

One Nation deal the greatest attack on ABC independence in decades

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The Coalition-One Nation proposals to overhaul the ABC Act represent the greatest assault on the broadcaster’s independence in a generation Bernard Keane Crikey The governments proposed deal with One Nation to secure its media ownership reforms will be β€” easily β€” the greatest assault on the ABCs independence in decades, far outstripping anything the Howard government proposed. The deal, announced by Pauline Hanson and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield yesterday, involves a rewrite of the ABC charter, other amendments to the ... Read More »

Turks celebrate 1964 napalm bombing of Cyprus

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Cyprus is Turkish, after all. Turks can do whatever they want there. They can even celebrate dropping napalm on Greeks and slaughtering them. Uzay Bulut Arutz Sheva On August 8, Muslim Turkish Cypriots and illegal settlers from Turkey celebrated the 53rd anniversary of Turkey’s napalm bombing of Greek Cypriot civilians in the Turkish-occupied enclave of Kokkina in Cyprus. Mustafa Akıncı, the president of the..In August 1964, Turkish warplanes dropped napalm bombs on Kokkina in the Tillyria peninsula, hitting residential areas ... Read More »

Sterling Tumbles as UK Inflation Stagnates

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The Pound dropped to a one month-low against the US Dollar and dipped below the €1.10 mark, when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data regarding UK inflation, the UK retail price index and the producer prices index. Miltiadis Skemperis Currency Solutions According to the ONS report, inflation in July remained stable at 2.6%, missing the market’s expectations for a rise at 2.7%. The retail price index edged up higher than expected at 3.6%, raising prospects for steep rail ... Read More »

Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends

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Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Melissa Castan  The Conversation The Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) recent guidance for public servants shone a spotlight on the issue. It advises employees they could be in breach of their code of conduct for liking or sharing posts on Facebook that are critical of the ... Read More »

Kenya Should Come Together After its Contested Elections

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Contrary to the deadly election of 2007, Kenya’s pivotal and highly-anticipated 2017 national and local polls passed without major outbreaks of violence. ICG But in order to build on this achievement, Kenyans must take further steps to overcome ethnic divisions and work toward greater national unity and inclusive governance. Despite claims of irregularity and the continuing risk of unrest, Kenya’s pivotal national and local elections on 8 August passed off in a largely peaceful manner. Millions of voters braved the elements and ... Read More »

Why is it all going wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

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With tumbling approval ratings, France’s president has experienced an unprecedented fall Lara Marlowe  The Irish Times As Emmanuel Macron approaches his 100th day in office, hope that he would reconcile the French with both each other and free market economics is fading. French president has made strategic errors, particularly in communicating his vision, but his fall from grace is due more to his compatriots’ character. Macron had a 64 per cent approval rating in late June. That fell to 54 per cent ... Read More »

Look At What’s Happening In America In 2017

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The Charlottesville rally is just another example of the deep-rooted, bone-chilling hatred in this country. Jenna Amatulli HuffPost In the past few days, thousands of “alt-right” members and white supremacists have taken over Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite The Right” rally. The rally has also attracted plenty of counter-protesters, namely Antifa ― a fringe left radical group that stands for “Anti-fascism.” Violence and chaos has since ensued on both sides. The governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning.  ... Read More »

Trump fails to condemn white supremacists in statement on Charlottesville violence

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The president instead called out in what he deemed the strongest possible terms ‘this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.’ Nancy Cook Politico President Donald Trump declined to condemn the violent actions and protests of white supremacists on Saturday, who had converged on Charlottesville, Va., en masse to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general. The clashes killed at least one person and injured a number of others. Instead, Trump called out in what he ... Read More »

North Korea is more rational than you think

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The assumption that the country is run by a lunatic is not only incorrect — it’s dangerous. Updated by Zeeshan Aleem Vox Would North Korea really fire a nuclear weapon at the US? As belligerent rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalates to new heights, it’s a question that many Americans are asking themselves with increasing levels of fear and anxiety. Attacking the US with a nuke would seem completely reckless, since it would almost certainly ... Read More »

‘Erdogan is an enemy of Israel’: Knesset speaker

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Turkey-Israel relations have been frayed since Israel’s 2008 conflict against Gaza [AFP] Speaker of Israel’s parliament Yuli-Yoel Edelstein reacted the Turkish president’s comments on occupied Jerusalem yesterday by calling him an enemy of the Zionist state. The New Arab President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “was and will remain” an enemy of Israel, the speaker of the Israeli parliament said on Tuesday. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein anger was sparked by Erdogan’s comments Monday that Muslims should “increase their visitation” to the al-Aqsa Mosque and ... Read More »

We need the voices of public servants in the political debate. Their free speech is in peril

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Praising your agency is welcome, but not criticising it – new social media guidelines continue a troubling trend of silencing public servants John Wilson and Kieran Pender  The Guardian John Wilson is the managing legal director of Bradley Allen Love Lawyers Kieran Pender is a freelance journalist and legal researcher Another day, another attack on the ability of public servants to participate in Australian democracy. On Monday the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) released revised guidance on how federal government ... Read More »

How to fight racism, or why we all need to mourn my aunt

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My aunt was buried last Friday, the last of her generation in my family. We were not close but out of respect for her son, my cousin, I went along to the service. Jenna Price Brisbane Times Jewish services for the dead are Spartan yet comforting. There are no endless eulogies, just a brief summary of the facts as we know them. My aunt and her sister were marched to Ravensbruck sometime in 1943. I never knew much of the ... Read More »

How a charter of rights could protect Australians’ fundamental freedoms

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Australia’s record of human rights protection in areas such as Indigenous people, asylum seekers and freedom of speech are perennial topics of debate. The focus of these discussions is now shifting to whether Australia can take steps to establish a stronger legal framework for protecting human rights. How a charter of rights could protect Australians’ fundamental freedoms George Williams Daniel Reynolds The Conversation One reason for this is Australia is in the final stages of defending its record in a ... Read More »

Why Baltimore’s Cease-Fire Effort Wasn’t a Failure

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Baltimore’s grassroots effort was the unexpected flash of light in a long, dark tunnel of cyclic mayhem. Maggie Ybarra The National Interest Baltimore’s streets are pockmarked with tragic and violent incidents. Shootings, stabbings and other cruel crimes sparked by rage, retaliation and opportunity mar the street corners and buildings of the city. Sometimes deflated balloons tied to a streetlight are the only small sign that someone was loved and lost, but their memory never truly left behind. Sometimes city developers ... Read More »

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

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Kosovo’s Roma minority “are not treated as humans,” laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post… MITROVICA – Agence France Presse Hurriyet Kosovo’s pro-independence ethnic Albanian rebels saw Roma people as guilty of cooperation with Serbs during the 1998-1999 conflict – a gratuitous accusation as Roma largely kept out of the fighting. But some of them faced summary executions, while others were forced to flee from ... Read More »

Anti-Semitic Academics: Where is the Outrage Against Turkey?

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In Turkey, academics are currently at the mercy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who demands their compliance and threatens dissenters. A.J. Caschetta Gatestone Institute After last July’s failed coup (for which Erdogan blamed an American scholar), a series of emergency decrees have specifically targeted Turkish academia. One would think this assault would raise ire from the ivory towers, but as Turkey slides deeper into totalitarianism, academia yawns. The failure of many professors to stand up vigorously and publicly for what they ... Read More »